Tonawanda News

November 13, 2012

PARRINO: The Knicks are back

By Matt Parrino
The Tonawanda News

— So the NHL is missing in action, the Bills' playoff hopes are on the verge of disappearing and the cold winter temperatures seem to be upon us here in Western New York.

What is there to be excited about?

Well, if you haven't noticed already the New York Knicks are back in a big way, and off to the team's first 5-0 start since 1993. Carmelo Anthony is finally thriving in the Big Apple and New York's offseason acquisitions seem to be fitting in nicely.

For those not paying much attention, the sudden turnaround for a New York team that's underachieved since making the blockbuster trade that landed Anthony may seem surprising. But if you watched Team USA obliterate the competition in London this past summer, you probably expected the five-time NBA All Star to have this resurgence that's placed him, once again, in the MVP conversation.

There is a problem brewing under the surface of the smiles and joy in Knicks nation, however: Amar'e Stoudemire will be back in the mix sometime after the New Year. What's wrong with that, you ask?

The two superstars don't mix offensively, it's not really a secret. Stoudemire isn't the same player he once was and now the Knicks have become Anthony's team — for better or worse — and unless Amar'e is willing to accept a bench role, his time in New York could be over.

The good news for Knicks fans is that there will be a big market for Stoudemire's services should the team want to do the smart thing and grab a draft pick or two and a quality starter. I'll hold my breath though, because the Knicks don't have the best track record in this department.

But until then, enjoy the return of winning basketball to Madison Square Garden. What else do you have to do?

Find Matt Parrino on Twitter @MattParrino.